Best Actor Performance in Movies, Web Series

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One of the best actors in Indian cinema and stage, Naseeruddin Shah, turns 71 this Tuesday. With a career spanning over forty years, Shah has secured a place among the country’s most revered artists. The recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan also wrote an autobiography and won three National Film Awards for Sparsh (1979), Paar (1984) and Iqbal (2006). On her birthday, we take a look at some of her recent films and a web series.

The Hungry (2017)

Directed by Bornila Chatterjee, The Hungry is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, set in northern India. It deals with the themes of the violence and futility of these excessive emotions. Shah plays the main character.

Dhh (2017)

This nationally-awarded Gujarati children’s film directed by Manish Saini stars Shah as a magician named Surya Samrat, whose shows capture the imaginations of three children. They desperately seek the magician’s advice to help them get good grades on their midterm exams.

The Tashkent Files (2019)

Directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, the thriller deals with the mystery surrounding the death of the second Indian Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, on January 11, 1966, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; a day after signing the Tashkent Accord to End the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. In the film, Shah portrays PR Natarajan, a member of the 17th Lok Sabha.

Mee Raqsam (2020)

Director of photography Baba Azmi’s first director tells the story of a small town Muslim widower, Salim (Danish Husain), who swears to fulfill the aspirations of his daughter Mariam (Aditi Subedi), who wants to learn the bharatanatyam. He faces fierce opposition from his family and friends in the name of tradition. Shah plays Hashim Seth, an Orthodox Muslim who tries to dissuade Salim from helping Mariam.

Bandits bandits (2020)

The web-series deals with the clash between classical Indian and contemporary music. Shah plays Pandit Radhemohan Rathod, an expert in Indian classical music, who trains his grandson Radhe (Ritwik Bhowmik) while the latter approaches a pop singer, Tamanna (Shreya Chaudhry).

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